But there are those who say the most thrilling action happens before the parade as the bands line up, the equestrians prepare their horses and the baton twirlers try to stay warm. (It’s early. They’re outside. Even Pasadena is chilly before dawn.)
The Parade attracts a huge crowd. A smaller group of die-hards lines up on South Orange Grove Blvd. to see this part of the spectacle and to feel, in a vicarious way, the excitement of the parade participants.
It’s a good thing Orange Grove Blvd. is long. While watching the Parade on your TV this January first, think about how far back these guys had to line up. Because the bands, the floats and the fun just keep coming.
MTAP wants to know: Would you be nervous? Have you ever participated in a Tournament of Roses Parade Band? Have you ridden a horse or twirled a baton in the parade? Share your memories here!